(Closed) How much should I spend on a baby shower gift?

posted 2 weeks ago in Etiquette
  • poll: How much would you spend on a baby shower gift?

    $0-$50

    $50-$100

    $100-$150

    $150+

  • Post # 2
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    Helper bee

    I suppose it’s what your budget allows? I would love to buy an $100+ gift, but most likely would miss more than $50 from my finances. I was blown away by the generosity of friends and family during my bridal shower, however. Maybe you guys can help explain to me how to afford large gifts? Does it cut into other aspects of your budget or are you financially able to budget hundreds of dollars a month for presents?

    Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    Depends. Our friends we spend about 50ish. I go on their registry and pick a few things that at most add to 50. My sil we did more like 100+ and got her diaper bag off her registry and then I filled it with cute outfits from carters and included receipts id she wanted to exchange. My cousins I would do about 50. If I was a single person and or younger I would also keep it at 50 or less. The people who spend a lot and are expected to are the grandparents on both sides, and any relatives and close friends that have actual close regular relationships with. You don’t owe someone a gift just because they are family. If I never hear from them and aren’t close to them than they just aren’t getting a big gift from me. You get what you give in that way. 

    Post # 4
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2016

    It honestly depends on what you’re comfortable doing. I have ranges I stay in depending on my closeness to the couple having the baby. Typically though I spend around $30-50 unless I’m really close to the person. But I’ve gone to soooo many baby and wedding showers in the last several years…I can’t afford to do more than that for most people. It adds up! 

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

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    @sbl99:  This depends on your budget and how close the relationship is. I’ve given $50-$100 to family we’re not close to and we just gifted $400 to friends we’re super close to. It just depends.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    You should gift what you can comfortably afford and are moved to spend based on the relationship.  If a gift of $100 doesn’t leave you eating ramen for a week and you want to gift that amount based on your love and joy for your cousin then do so.  If you can only afford one of the $40 gifts then thats the way to go.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2020

    I think I would typically spend between $30-40. Maybe if it was a sibling or bff I would spend more, but because I wanted to, not because its expected.

    Post # 8
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I’ve never spent more than $50 on a baby shower gift. I’ve also never seen items in the $100+ range gifted by anyone other than the grandparents.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    Genuine question. If people gift approximately $50 for family, what is the amount typically gifted to coworkers? Maybe I’m spending too much! 😳

    Post # 10
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    Honey Beekeeper

    Base a gift on the closeness of the relationship, the occasion, and your budget. You don’t know anything about anyone else’s circumstances and finances, nor is it relevant. I go to a lot of baby showers, or used to. Gifts are always along a wide range of price points. 

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

    I think for most people I would spend between $25-50. Maybe if it’s a mom that I know really needs help more. I also spend quite a bit more for really close family and friends. 

    Post # 12
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    1097 posts
    Bumble bee

    I usually spend around $75 for a good friend. Usually the “big ticket” items are bought by the hostesses as a group or close family members. I would say most of the gifts we got at our showers were anywhere from $50-100. I like to get something practical (bottles, bibs, bath stuff, etc) something cute (an outfit, a lovie or blanket, rattle, etc) , and a book. 

    Will you be attending with your mom, siblings, etc? If so, definitely ok to all go in on one of the big ticket items. If it’s a stroller, car seat, or something along those lines, it will get tons of use! 

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